Mississippi State made the right move in hiring Terrell Buckley. Coach Dan Mullen officially announced on Friday that Buckley and Peter Sirmon are now members of the Bulldogs coaching staff and longtime defensive line coach David Turner has been promoted to assistant head coach.
I watched Buckley do his thing at Pascagoula High School in the mid 1980s. Buckley was a gifted athlete with blazing speed who helped guide the Panthers to the 1987 State Championship. He played a little offense, was a great defensive back and kick return specialist. Pascagoula was unbeaten that season with quarterback Shane Matthews leading the offense while Buckley was the quarterback of the Panthers defense. Matthews would sign a scholarship with the Florida Gators.
Buckley and Matthews would meet on the college football turf after Terrell signed with the Florida State Seminoles. In many ways his personality can be compared to Deion Sanders, an electrifying college football player. He was a game breaker on special teams and a standout defensive back.
Buckley would play 14 years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl Championship.
"It's special to be back in Mississippi and be a Mississippi State Bulldog, "stated Buckley. "The opportunity to come back and work at a place where you were born and raised doesn't come true for a lot of folks. I am blessed that it has for me. I'm excited to get to work with Coach Mullen,, our staff and our players here."
Buckley spent the last two seasons coaching cornerbacks in Louisville and has had great success in recruiting Mississippi high school players to Louisville.
"It's time to bring Terrell back to his home state of Mississippi, "Mullen said. "Terrell is very passionate about this state from his childhood in Gautier and Pascagoula to recruiting as an assistant coach the past several years. He understands what it means to be a Mississippian. He brings an impressive resume to Mississippi state, both as a coach and as a former NFL and All-American cornerback."
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